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Many executives and GMs around the league are already beginning to plan for the 2014 free agency period. Lebron James, John Wall, Kobe Bryant, Demarcus Cousins and Dwyane Wade are just some of the many franchise-altering names that’ll be available next summer. The Lakers and the Cavaliers in particular have been smart about clearing cap space to make sure that they can make a run at one or more of the bigger names, putting themselves in a position to concoct an instantaneous contender, a move similar to what the Heat managed in the summer of 2010.
Speculation about where some of the league’s premier players will wind up has already shown up in blogs and on ESPN, but somewhat overlooked have been this year’s crop of free agent prospects. While they might not be as valuable as a Lebron James, there are some quality players who could be what some teams need to go over the top.
Chris Paul/Dwight Howard
While they’re far and away the two best players available in free agency, neither one looks like they’ll have any interest in walking away from their current teams. Dwight loves attention, and as a Laker he has access to the many marketing and film opportunities L.A. has to offer. More importantly, he has legendary pieces around him in Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, the kind of names that elevates his own legacy by association.
His Staples Center companion Chris Paul, playing for the “other” L.A. team, has made it clear he’s interested in nothing other than a real shot at a championship. The Clippers may not be able to offer him that—even with the young talent and a deep bench—but his options in 2013 are even more limited. The best bet may be that he signs a one year deal with the Clippers and then tests the waters in 2014.
Andre Iguodala/Josh Smith
Both are athletic, versatile, and defensive-minded players who could be valuable to any team. The problem is, both also think that they’re worth a fatter contract than they actually are.
Iguodala is getting older and only has one more big-money contract left in the tank. He has an Olympic medal to his name, and doesn’t seemed as concerned as other players of his calibur about his legacy. He will wind up going to whichever team is willing to give him the most money or put his face on the stadium banners.
Smith, meanwhile, might not be championship-chasing, but has some concerns about how he is perceived around the league. One of the most athletic players currently in the game, the Atlanta Hawks were never a large enough market to get him some All Star recognition, a long overdue nod. The Rockets or the Cavaliers are young teams that might appreciate his talents and have the point guards to feed him big dunks, the kind of flashy plays fans vote for.
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Kobe maybe hasn’t been the best teammate at times, maybe hasn’t said or done the right things or made the most prudent decisions on and off the court during his career, but the fact remains, he is one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
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The question is bound to come up often over the next few days as Kobe Bryant's injury, the necessary recovery time, and his age are discussed by anyone that has access to a camera, microphone, or podcast. Someone went ahead and just asked Kobe.
His response comes as no surprise:
"Are you kidding?" - Kobe Bryant when asked if his career is over.
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Kobe Bryant will have a long road to recovery after tearing his Achilles.credit: jefflewisphotography.com
The basketball world came to a screeching halt after news broke of Kobe Bryant’s torn Achilles. At the end of one of the toughest seasons you could imagine, Bryant’s leg gave out under him with just a few minutes remaining in a game against the Golden State Warriors.
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The veteran superstar, though, still has plenty of work to do.
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Kobe Bryant joined Jim Rome on Showtime to discuss the now infamous Mike Rice video. Rome asks Bryant how he would’ve reacted if he was one of the players getting bullied by Rice on the video.Kobe’s response? “I would’ve smacked the hell out of him. No question about it.”As for Kobe’s assertion that the only person who has the license to hit him is his mother, I would...
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